Trillanes denies threatening witnesses in Senate probe

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV denied Thursday the allegations of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the latter said that the senator cursed, threatened and attempted to stop a resource person from testifying in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing on last Tuesday.

In an interview, Trillanes said the hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 is an open investigation and the public can see exactly what they are doing.

"But as for our demeanor during the hearing, the public saw everything and I would like to believe that the limits of our demeanor during investigations are set by our constituents and how they receive such demeanor. If they don't like what they see, we will lose political capital in a snap," Trillanes said.

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The senator also expressed surprised that a certain representative of the said contractor has seem to be very close to Binay and was surprisingly confiding to the Vice President their personal testimony during the hearing.

Trillanes said that if the Vice President makes a categorical statement that these conversations were confided to him by a representative of the contractor, then "it will confirm that they are conniving actually in relation to this hearing."

"It goes back to him why was he having those conversations also. Why was he conniving with the contractors? So, it validates our point that the contractor and the Vice President are one and the same all along, or they are partners in this endeavor," the senator said.

Trillanes maintained that the investigation will continue and that they will uncover the truth as he expressed the need to dig deeper into the issue.

"Probably, the Vice-President is in panic mode already because he knows that we are getting closer to the truth. But let me assure the Vice President that all these attempts to get the sympathy of the public or pressure us into stopping, is not going to happen," he said.

On the appointment of Governor Jonvic Remulla as the spokesperson for the Vice President, a Nacionalista Party (NP) partymate, Trillanes clarified that NP president ex-senator Manny Villar has set a policy that "everybody is free to do their thing" until the party makes a decision, which will be later this year or first quarter next year.

At Binay's press conference Wednesday, Remulla hinted that there may be more people who may be transferring and joining the Binay camp.

"If that's the case, then, it's good for the Vice President. In that case, I don't know why he's whining. He's supposed to be celebrating because of these defections. So, I think, the Vice President should just relax and just watch the investigations as they unfold because, definitely, we will uncover the truth," Trillanes told reporters.

Trillanes said he is hopeful that Binay's press briefing would be a venue for the Vice President to air his side and to explain point by point the allegations being hurled against him. The senator said the Vice President himself should shed some light on why these buildings cost P2 billion more.

"I didn't get any explanation why these buildings cost that much? Why it's overpriced by almost P2 billion? So, he can run all he wants. He can say that it is a demolition job or politicking, he can call it by whatever name, but we're still waiting for his explanation and he should address the issue, the soonest, because the public is still waiting for that," Trillanes said. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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